Fugro to Design Blue Prism USV for Geophysical Surveys


Fugro’s Blue Prism USV will have greater endurance, better weather resistance and ultra-low carbon emissions. (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro has signed a contract with Kooiman Engineering and Van Oossanen Naval Architects for the naval design of Blue Prism, Fugro’s next generation unmanned surface vessel (USV).

Designed for coastal and offshore operations, the Blue Prism will combine an ultra-low carbon footprint with high quality data collection, weather resistance and endurance characteristics, Fugro explained in a press release.

Available in 2023, Fugro’s Blue Prism will acquire high-accuracy bathymetric and underwater data using hull-mounted sensors, while having the ability to tow multiple geophysical sensors. It will also be capable of performing operations beyond line of sight.

Combined with Fugro’s intelligent data management software, the speed and endurance of the Blue Prism will reduce risk and accelerate the delivery of projects in offshore wind, hydrographic mapping and coastal resilience.

“Rethinking the design and layout of an unmanned vessel is a dream come true for a naval architect,” said Perry van Oossanen, Managing Director and Naval Architect at Van Oossanen Naval Architects. “We are delighted to be part of this exciting project in which the best Dutch shipbuilding techniques are combined in this new ultra-efficient unmanned vessel.”

“The collaboration between Kooiman and Van Oossanen has already led to innovative solutions, and we are delighted to be able to help Fugro take another step forward in unmanned vessels,” said Maarten Kooiman, Director of Kooiman Engineering.

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